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Craig Counsell

43-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 179   DOB: 8/21/1970   BORN: South Bend, IN   COLLEGE: Notre Dame   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Craig Counsell Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with Milwaukee in December of 2010.

January 17, 2012  –  Craig Counsell News

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Craig Counsell Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 34 MAJ ARI 150 670 578 85 148 47 34 4 9 42 26 7 78 69 2 4 8 .256 .350 .375 .726
2006 35 AAA TUC 2 12 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .182 .250 .182 .432
2006 35 MAJ ARI 105 415 372 56 95 22 14 4 4 30 15 8 31 47 2 1 9 .255 .327 .347 .674
2007 36 MAJ MIL 122 334 282 31 62 17 12 2 3 24 4 2 41 47 6 2 3 .220 .323 .309 .632
2008 37 MAJ MIL 110 302 248 31 56 16 14 1 1 14 3 1 46 42 1 2 5 .226 .355 .302 .658
2009 38 MAJ MIL 130 459 404 61 115 34 22 8 4 39 3 4 42 54 3 4 6 .285 .357 .408 .766
2010 39 MAJ MIL 102 230 204 16 51 10 8 0 2 21 1 1 21 29 3 1 1 .250 .322 .319 .640
2011 40 MAJ MIL 107 187 157 19 28 4 2 1 1 9 2 1 20 21 5 2 3 .178 .280 .223 .503
3-Year Averages MAJ   107 187 157 19 28 4 2 1 1 9 2 1 20 21 5 2 3 .178 .280 .223 .503
Career  (View All) MAJ   1624 5475 4740 647 1208 300 218 40 42 389 103 49 589 662 57 35 54 .255 .343 .344 .687

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Craig Counsell: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2011 25 14 23 1 1
2010 3 20 42
2009 50 44 27

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Craig Counsell Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201164020.333.500.833

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201115115172.172.212.490

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20117412032.149.203.484

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2011837160.205.241.521
Craig Counsell Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 34 MAJ ARI 670 578 11.6% 10.3% 1.13 88% .278 .119
2006 35 AAA TUC 12 11 8.3% 8.3% 1.00 91% .200 .000
2006 35 MAJ ARI 415 372 7.5% 11.3% 0.66 87% .283 .092
2007 36 MAJ MIL 334 282 12.3% 14.1% 0.87 83% .254 .089
2008 37 MAJ MIL 302 248 15.2% 13.9% 1.10 83% .268 .076
2009 38 MAJ MIL 459 404 9.2% 11.8% 0.78 87% .321 .123
2010 39 MAJ MIL 230 204 9.1% 12.6% 0.72 86% .283 .069
2011 40 MAJ MIL 187 157 10.7% 11.2% 0.95 87% .200 .045
3-Year Averages MAJ   187 157 10.7% 11.2% 0.95 87% .200 .045
Career MAJ   5475 4740 10.8% 12.1% 0.89 86% .289 .089

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Craig Counsell (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Kyle Lohse MIL 32 14 1 2 2 7 1 .438 .688 1.158
Jamey Wright LA 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .600 1.145
Ross Ohlendorf WAS 11 5 0 2 1 1 0 .455 .545 1.045
Jake Peavy BOS 37 12 1 2 7 1 1 .324 .541 .985
Johnny Cueto CIN 9 2 1 3 2 3 0 .222 .556 .972
Paul Maholm LA 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 .444 .444 .889
Bronson Arroyo AZ 30 12 0 3 5 2 0 .400 .400 .886
Aaron Harang ATL 40 14 1 3 2 4 0 .350 .500 .881
Ryan Dempster BOS 25 7 1 2 5 5 0 .280 .440 .840
A.J. Burnett PHI 11 3 0 2 2 1 0 .273 .455 .839

Worst Matchups for Craig Counsell (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Kevin Correia MIN 9 2 0 0 1 2 0 .222 .333 .633
Brett Tomko KC 22 6 0 1 1 2 0 .273 .318 .610
Oliver Perez AZ 12 3 0 0 2 6 0 .250 .250 .607
Ryan Vogelsong SF 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .545
Micah Owings MIA 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .200 .473
Tomo Ohka TOR 17 2 0 2 3 1 0 .118 .176 .426
Jerome Williams HOU 13 2 0 1 2 1 1 .154 .154 .421
Scott Baker TEX 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 .133 .200 .388
Jose Contreras TEX 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 .111 .222 .333
Mike Gonzalez WAS 9 1 0 0 0 4 1 .111 .111 .222

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Craig Counsell: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Counsell went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in the Brewers' win over the Astros on Saturday.

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Counsell had a pinch-hit single in the Brewers' victory over the Astros on Friday, snapping an 0-for-45 streak.

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Starting in place of the injured Rickie Weeks, Counsell went 0-for-3 on Thursday, extending his hitless streak to 41 at-bats.

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Counsell is starting at second base for the Brewers on Thursday with Rickie Weeks (ankle) out 3-6 weeks, Tyler Barnes of the Brewers' Communications department reports.

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Counsell, in the midst of a hit-less streak 28 at-bats long, hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth Sunday against the Reds.

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Counsell went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.

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Counsell was 0-for-2 with a runs scored and a walk in Wednesday's spring training game.

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Counsell agreed to a one-year contract with Milwaukee on Monday, according to the team web site.

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Counsell and the Brewers are making progress towards an agreement that would bring him back to the team for the fifth straight season, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Counsell went 1-for-5 in the Brewers' loss to the Padres on Sunday. It was the 1,500th game of his career.

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Counsell went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam in the Brewers' victory over the Nationals on Sunday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Craig Counsell.

2012

Counsell had the worst season of his career in 2011, hitting a paltry .178/.280/.223. His defense is still well above average, which might earn him a roster spot as utility infielder next season, but it's doubtful that he'll be able to turn around his offense in 2012. Now 41, he may end up moving on to a coaching or front-office role at this point.

2011

Counsell saw things fall off from a career season in 2009. His 2010 was much more in line with what was expected from him and what he should provide moving forward. The Brewers brought him back as a utility infielder on a one-year contract. His greatest asset is versatility and making contact as a reserve option, which truly limits his rotisserie upside.

2010

Counsell somehow had possibly the best season of his career at age 38 in 2009, hitting .285/.357/.408. He's one of those rare players who can still draw a decent amount of walks without hitting for much power. Add in above average defense at three infield positions and you have a pretty valuable major league player. Unfortunately, that doesn't translate into a valuable fantasy player and it would be best to look somewhere else despite his versatility. With second baseman Rickie Weeks returning from wrist surgery and the green Alcides Escobar slated to start at shortstop, Counsell will serve as a valuable veteran backup for the Brewers.

2009

Counsell hit a meager .226/.355/.302 in 2008, which was actually a bit better than in 2007. At this point in his career he's limited to being a bench player and late-inning defensive substitution. The Brewers may bring him back in 2009, but nothing is guaranteed.

2008

Counsell started the 2007 season in a platoon at third base, but was eventually benched for rookie Ryan Braun and saw his playing time fall off considerably in the second half. His .220/.323/.309 line suggests that he shouldn't see any playing time at all. He's under contract for one more season and will play even more of a bench role in 2008 for the Brewers.

2007

Counsell was sidelined by a variety of injuries last year, including a shoulder problem to start the season and a broken rib in the middle of the year. The latter injury paved the way for Stephen Drew to take over in Arizona, rendering Counsell as a utility player. Now with the Brewers, he'll fulfill the same role. He offers a handful of stolen bases, but with potentially less playing time, those won't be as plentiful as they were in Arizona.

2006

Counsell posted an OPS of .725 in 2005 - and that was his best offensive output since 2000. Those nine homers last year were a career best. He'd gone deep just 18 times in nine seasons before 2005. But, hey, he's got two rings. Counsell will start the year as the regular at either second base or shortstop, depending on how Alex Cintron and Stephen Drew look in the spring, but don't expect him to maintain even last year's so-so offensive productivity.

2005

After getting non-tendered by the Brewers, Counsell landed with the Diamondbacks, who actually gave him a two-year deal. The D-Backs therefore have a new double-play combo in 2005, with Royce Clayton at shortstop and Counsell at second base. The signings thus reduce Matt Kata and Alex Cintron to utility infielder status, and the Diamondbacks using the most mediocre combination possible.

2004

Remember during 2001 and 2002, when the media in Arizona were all saying that Counsell was the team's MVP? No one was saying that in 2003, as Counsell missed almost three months with a dislocated thumb, and then a stiff neck; when he was playing, he wasn't hitting much at all, hitting .234 with a woeful .631 OPS in 88 games. Counsell went to Milwaukee in the Richie Sexson deal, and will basically keep the shortstop position warm for J.J. Hardy.

2003

If you really believe that Craig Counsell was Arizona's MVP in 2002, then we invite you to log off this site and go elsewhere for the serious fantasy baseball analysis you deserve - Entertainment Weekly, say, or People magazine, or anything written in the New York Post. With no power and average-at-best on-base skills, his best fantasy value would be as a second baseman consistently batting second in the order. However, with Junior Spivey at second everyday, Counsell probably starts the spring sharing third base with Matt Williams, which is bad news three ways from a fantasy standpoint. First of all, Counsell won't get everyday playing time, and he gets a lot of his roto value from the runs-scored counting stat; secondly, his lack of power doesn't make him a good option compared to other NL third basemen; finally, Bob Brenly will probably put the Counsell/Williams spot sixth or so in the order, with few RBI threats behind them (which won't help runs scored, either).